Cuomo watch: Much rides on State Senate
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will not get involved in the impending fight over which party controls the State Senate. Insiders say even if the governor remains hands-off, his agenda next year could be shaped by the outcome.
If Democrats take over -- and right now the party leads in 33 of the 63 Senate contests, though recounts are under way -- many expect Cuomo to shift his emphasis to a "progressive" social platform that includes raising the minimum wage and decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. He could also push campaign-finance reform.
Cuomo has backed those things before -- but he's not put his weight behind them, instead focusing on more on fiscally conservative themes. -- Yancey Roy